STEM in ESSA Plans: Early Analyses

Two education organizations have released early analyses of state education plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The reports focus on how states are utilizing new authorities under ESSA to prioritize STEM education in their plans. The brief titled Leveraging ESSA to Promote Science and STEM Education in States from Achieve “provides a landscape analysis of […]

Coalition Executive Director Testifies at House Science Committee

Today, the Executive Director of the STEM Education Coalition, James Brown, testified at the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology. The hearing was entitled, STEM and Computer Science Education: Preparing the 21st Century Workforce.  Fellow witnesses included: Mr. Pat Yongpradit, Chief Academic Officer,; Dr. A. Paul Alivisatos, Executive […]

Dept. of Education Responds to Coalition’s Concerns About Science Accountability

On June 23, the STEM Education Coalition expressed strong concerns to the Department of Education (ED) that the first round of ED feedback sent to Delaware was widely viewed as discouraging states from including science in their state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act.  These concerns were covered in numerous press stories, including the […]

National Academies Release Report: Building America’s Skilled Technical Workforce

The National Academy of Engineering and National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a reported titled Building America’s Skilled Technical Workforce. The report was issued in response to the broad need for policy information related to skilled technical occupations. The report addresses the coverage, effectiveness, flexibility, and coordination of the policies and various programs. The full […]

Coalition Urges White House on OSTP Nominations

The STEM Education Coalition co-signed a letter to President Trump urging him to nominate highly-qualified individuals to serve in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Positions within the Office, including the Director role, have remained vacant since the President’s inauguration. OSTP is part of the Executive Office of the President and directs federal efforts […]

Perkins Reauthorization Passes Committee

This morning, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce favorably reported H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act to the whole House of Representatives. The bill, which is largely identical to the legislation the House passed in September 2016, was introduced by Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and […]

Dept. of Ed. Issues STEM Guidance Memo

The Department of Education (ED) issued a seven-page memo detailing potential ways to use federal formula grant funds to support STEM education.  The document references funds available through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins). The […]